Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

UCF to be eligible for bowl, title game

The NCAA won't rule on UCF's postseason ban appeal until at least Jan. 24, making the Knights eligible for the postseason, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The NCAA does not impose punishment during pending appeals.

As a result, the Knights are eligible to compete for a Conference USA title and appear in a bowl game. If the NCAA appeals committee upholds the postseason ban, UCF would have to sit out the 2013 postseason in its first year in the Big East.

"I think it's great news for our team, it's great news for our fan base," coach George O'Leary said.

The ban was the only penalty UCF challenged as part of sanctions levied in July for major violations in football and basketball.

UF: Nose for the ball

GAINESVILLE — South Carolina WR and return specialist Ace Sanders had no idea what Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy was referring to when he walked past him during pregame warmups and said, "You better hold it tight. You're going to be a violator."

Sanders probably knows now. Florida forced four turnovers in that game, part of a concerted effort to seek out "violators" — a termed coined by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — and make them pay.

"Violators is somebody who doesn't know how to carry the ball correctly and we're going to come get it from you," DL Dominique Easley said. "We see that ball, we see a little bit of that pigskin, we're coming to get it."

The Gators are No. 3 in the SEC in turnover margin (plus 11) and say they spend a great deal of time in practice working on stripping the ball.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: Tale of 2 halves

TAMPA — Against six FBS opponents, USF has scored 101 points in second halves compared to 41 in the first. At Louisville, the Bulls' only first half points came on their opening drive, when an incomplete pass on the 19-yard line led to a Maikon Bonani field goal.

"I think probably it's a rhythm thing, kind of finding our niche so to speak," offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said. "I thought last week against Louisville … with (QB) B.J. (Daniels) not having practiced as much the last week and a half, I thought his rhythm was a little off. As he got more in a groove, we got some easier throws for him."

COMFORTABLE ON WEAK SIDE: Though he has started on both the strong side and in the middle this season, LB Sam Barrington said he's adjusting well to his latest role on the weak side.

"I like it," he said. "(Defensive coordinator Chris) Cosh told me it would be a good move for the team, so I'm all for it."

Barrington led the defense against Louisville with 10 tackles.

Joe Polito, Times correspondent

FSU: Fumbles cost job

TALLAHASSEE — Rashad Greene's days as FSU's primary punt returner appear to be done.

The sophomore averaged 15.8 yards on 19 returns, ninth best in the country, but he has fumbled three punts. "We've got to get that fixed," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We can't let the ball hit. We've had too many there."

Backup punt returner Tyler Hunter said he had begun moving over into the starting role.

Orlando Sentinel

Up next

UF: vs. Georgia at Jacksonville, 3:30 Saturday. TV: Ch. 10

FSU: vs. Duke, 3:30 Saturday. TV: ESPNU

USF: vs. Syracuse, 7 Saturday.

Miami: vs. Virginia Tech, 7:30 Nov. 1. TV: ESPN

UCF: at Marshall, 8 Saturday. TV: CBS Sports

UCF to be eligible for bowl, title game 10/23/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  2. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  4. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It was refreshing to see RHP Jacob Faria take the blame after the loss even though he gave the Rays a chance to win. Too often young pitchers are encouraged by what they did and not necessarily the outcome, but Faria, making just his fourth big-league start, came to the Trop to win, didn't, and pointed the finger …